I hope to begin having guest posts periodically on Mondays, as God leads. Today, I want to introduce you to my friend Sheri DiMaggio, a Texas girl who is lavishly in love with Jesus. She doesn’t claim to be a writer, but enjoy as she shares her heart, leaving you encouraged and motivated. Feel free to visit her on Facebook at Think Strength for daily inspiration and healthy insights.
In a mall…BAM! Size 0! Watching TV…BAM! Size 0! Driving down the freeway… BAM! Size 0!
Our society has made our “Get Healthy, Get Fit” quest predominately about quick fixes, skinny jeans and size zeroes. Through my spiritual maturation this past year, I have had a shift in my motivation to be healthy and physically fit. I have moved from physique-driven to my motivation being driven by the Holy Spirit.
So often, our society seeks a viable option for whole mind, body, and spiritual wellness, but unfortunately adopts the ways of the world. Society is lured by extrinsic forces that prove to be a dead end, and we end up feeling empty and full of failure. But if we seek to go deeper with God and press into Him, we become filled, made whole, and go far beyond a size zero.
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:23
When our thinking changes and we intentionally determine not to be led by the flesh but rather by the spirit, our physical journey becomes more about being obedient to God. We then fulfill our spiritual calling rather than a desired physique.
Seek God in those moments of temptation–in your weight struggles, your demanding schedule that discourages a good workout, or dinner parties where there are few choices to eat clean. Always seek Him first. He is already there and has equipped you for success. Just as Paul wrote,
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” ~ in 1 Corinthians 4:20
There you have it…living by God’s power.
Through His power, you WILL be victorious!!
Choose to give thanks for the body you have been blessed with, even the love handles and cellulite. Give thanks in all things, and don’t forget you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God.
Take care of your body. Did you know as Jesus-followers our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? I don’t know about you, but THAT motivates me to be healthy, to keep His dwelling place clean and free of debris–unclean foods, drinks, negativity, unforgiveness, anger. No one likes their house to be cluttered, trashed and dirty, neither does the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
My passion is to be physically fit and well and see the Church physically healthy. This is NOT to impress, make people feel inferior, or to demonstrate my self-discipline or self-control. Really, it is to be made holy, obedient, and prepared to do God’s work. It is about being “all in” and fully committed to my destiny, even if it means skipping dessert (most of the time), eating a lot brown rice (yum!), and completing hardcore workouts before 6:00 am (sleep is so overrated).
I AM ALL IN ALL FOR HIS GLORY!
What about you?
Let God fill your deepest desires. He loves you and wants to bless you!
You (God) satisfy me more than the richest of foods. Psalm 63:5
My daily prayer for good stewardship over my body:
Dear Lord, My body is your temple and therefore I will treat it with the most care. I will eat natural and real foods and workout so that my body is functional for everyday life and the fulfillment of my calling. Everything that I do will be to glorify you. I am so very grateful for the body you have given me. Please continue to be with me as I make wise choices to glorify you with my body. -AMEN